New Restaurant “Generalissimo” Coming To Charleston

PLANET HOLLYWOOD CREATOR’S LATEST VENTURE LANDING IN SOUTH By FITSNEWS  ||  Bryan Kestner has some stories to tell … unfortunately most of them (especially the prurient ones involving some of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies) are all off the record. Maybe one day … Kestner – the creator of Planet Hollywood…


By FITSNEWS  ||  Bryan Kestner has some stories to tell … unfortunately most of them (especially the prurient ones involving some of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies) are all off the record.

Maybe one day …

Kestner – the creator of Planet Hollywood and a co-creator, co-producer of Bravo TV’s Southern Charm reality show – is preparing to launch a new restaurant in downtown Charleston, S.C.

“This is a great city that deserves a great concept and a great chef,” Kestner told FITS.

Enter “Generalissimo,” a new restaurant opening on Upper King Street that will feature Kestner as its operating partner – and offer what he calls “French/ Mexican fusion with a Southern flare.”

Hmmmm … something Napoleon, Pancho Villa and William Moultrie could all agree on?  This we’ll have to taste for ourselves …

(Well, Liz will have to taste it for herself first … and tell us if she likes it).

Running the kitchen of Kestner’s new venture will be Bob Waggoner – an award-winning chef and host of the Emmy-nominated PBS show “Sing for your Supper.”

Kestner says he knows the competition in Charleston will be fierce – but he’s ready to make a big splash with his opening and a lasting impact on the Holy City’s restaurant scene.

Stay tuned … we’ll have additional details about his plans as they become available.

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phrodo October 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm

So I guess Whitney convinced him after all…

zappito October 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

French/Mexican fusion sounds almost as appetizing as Icelandic/Iraqi fusion cuisine with an Irish twist…

TontoBubbaGoldstein October 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm

“Our top story tonight: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.”

Soft Sigh from Hell October 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Didn’t Stalin, briefly, and Chiang Kai-shek also use that title, or at least have others use it for them?

grandtangosuglydog October 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Jane you ignorant slut..

Limbaughsaphatkhunt October 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Dianne you stinking whore…

Guero October 17, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I like it…SNL old school

Guero, you ignorant Slut October 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Old school SNL sucks. Cocaine is one helluva drug and it apparently robbed the original cast of the ability to be funny with any frequency.

Native Ink October 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm

LOL. Wait for the way-too-obvious advertisement as the reality show gang heads there and declares it the hottest new spot in Charleston. Of course that’s assuming Southern Charm stays on the air that long.

Kyle October 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

I love good food and Charleston can use another option at the top end. This is excellent news.

idcydm October 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

Bernie’s Chicken, can’t beat it.

Todd October 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

I saw the wreck in front of Bernie’s chicken Friday morning. The kids in all those apartments on that side of town love that place.

idcydm October 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

I drive across town to get Bernie’s Chicken.

SC Political Digest October 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Brookland Baptist beat Bernie’s in the Summer Basketball League Tourney. Tough break.

Crooner October 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm


9" October 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Charleston restaurants are so pretentious,and 20th century.You want good food,go to,Nigel’s Good Food in,North Charleston.

TontoBubbaGoldstein October 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

Menu looks great. TBG used to live right round there in Col Moultrie’s plantation…
Back then it was “El Norte” Mexican.

Grand "Le Palais" Tango October 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Yum! I can’t wait to try their meatloaf!

I give it 6 months October 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm

It’ll be wrapped in a tortilla and covered with a bearnaise sauce.

Dom Deluise October 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm

lol….both comments funny as hell!

I give it 6 months October 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

“French/ Mexican fusion with a Southern flare.”

*rolls eyes*

aikencounty October 18, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I’ll just wait on Aunt Jemina’s All U CAN EAT!

Kitchen Pro October 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Sarah’s Kitchen, Greenville. Better than Aunt Jemina’s.

aikencounty October 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm

But the real question is:
How does it compare to the the lunches from Mrs. Chapman’s school kitchen at Fork Shoals Elementary?

Philip Branton October 19, 2014 at 7:33 am

***……Meanwhile, over at the Gunn Family Garage…..****

UPS man: “Delivery for Liz………”

Liz: “That’s me…! ”

UPS man: “Are you changing your own oil…….Golly ? ”

Liz: “Yep…….gotta drive to Charleston to checkout a new restaurant……..its French/Mexican with a Southern Flair….!! ”

UPS Man: “French/Mexican…..? Really..? I have never had a Crepe Burrito before..? ”

Liz: ” Heck….top that crepe burrito off with spicy grits and flaming shrimp and you’ll swear you’ll never fear Ebola…!! ”

UPS Man: ” I guess that’s why you ordered this package from “Ebola Suits R US”….? ”
Liz: ” Marketing 101….”

Jurisdoc October 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

Sounds like another Applebee’s to me. But probably shittier.

shifty henry October 19, 2014 at 9:02 am

I’m much more interested in seeing what the waitresses will be wearing, and how they look. Petite Mexican cuties in skimpy French maid’s outfits (I wish) … So, the Mexicans repelled the French invasion, but STOLE their recipes?

sparklecity October 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

Big whoop…………………

Charleston is so over-rated

But I did like seeing the Hunley a few years back and after she is reconditioned/cleaned up, I’ll go back but that’s about the only reason for me to visit Charleston.

I got better places to spend my visiting/tourist money.

I know a great place to eat about “XXX” miles south of Charleston but I ain’t telling!!!!!!

I used to do a fair amount of HAZMAT work in the Low Country. = Thanks fer the bucks Republicans – you’re tops at fucking up this state (except for the “well-heeled” that is)

Ever see the flick “Elysium”? That type of social community is just around the corner!!!!!

Come to think of it, it kinda is now!!!!!!!

chris lock April 1, 2015 at 5:10 am

Those who can’t afford the finer places to eat here usually don’t like Charleston. Have fun in Myrtle Beach!

SC Political Digest October 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Wonder if FITS endorsement will do for Generalissimo what it has done for Ravenel, Ervin, French, Mace, Hutto and Sheheeen???….LMAO…..

euwe max October 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Damn, weekends suck on Fits. Not even housewives with fashion advice and mystic restaurant adventures.

Limbaughsaphatkhunt October 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm

French/Mexican fusion with a Southern Flair? Sounds a bit busy. The menu will probably be like 18 pages long.

But, I will reserve judgement until I read someone else’s judgement.

euwe max October 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Probably one of those deals where they cross a stalk of some vegetable with a bit of meat, and squirt a few colored drops of sauce around to simulate abstract art.. then dust it with some exotic spice and call it 50 bucks.

Native Ink October 20, 2014 at 7:28 am

I wonder if the Charleston food scene has jumped the shark. The little kids at home keep me from going out as much as I used to, but the 5 or 6 brand new restaurants I’ve tried in the last year or so have been disappointing. I think it’s getting to back to the old, pre-food craze days. when you needed to find out through word of mouth if a place was a tourist trap before you went and wasted your money.

west_rhino October 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

waiting for Andrew Zimmer to sample the menu for Bizzare Foods, tho’ shrump an grits and Frogmore Stew have been on the “bizzare” enough for that show. None of ’em seem to want to touch the BBQ hash though.

Fusion Smusion October 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

“French/ Mexican fusion with a Southern flare.”

Pointless and pretentious, with an extra helping of try too hard.


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